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Liturgy for the Dead
« on: February 07, 2009, 01:10:05 PM »
On 17th June 1936, Mr. Varma, Financial Secretary of the Posts and Telegraphs Department, Delhi, came to see Bhagavan.  He has read Paul Brunton's A Search in Secret India and The Secret Path.  He lost his wife with whom he had led a happy life for eleven or twelve years.  In his grief he seeks solace.  He does not find solace in reading books; wants to tear them up.  He does not intend to ask questions.  He simply wants to sit here and derive what solace he can in the presence of the Maharshi.

Bhagavan Ramana, as if in a train of thoughts, spoke then to the following effect:

It is said, "The wife is one-half of the body." So her death is very painful.  This pain is however due to one's outlook being physical. It disappears if the outlook is that of the Self.  The Brahadarnyaka Upanishad says: "The wife is dear because of the love of the Self."
If the wife and others are identified as the Self, how then will pain arise?  Nevertheless such disasters shake the mind of philosphers also.

Was the wife with you when you went out to the office, or in your deep sleep?  She was away from you.  You were satisfied because of your thought that she was somewhere.  Whereas now you think that she is not.  The difference lies in different thoughts.  That is the cause of pain. The pain is because of the thought of the wife's non-being.  All this is the mischief of the mind.  The fellow, i.e the mind, creates pain for himself even when there is pleasure.  But pleasure and pain are mental creations.

Again, why mourn the dead?  They are free from bondage.  Mourning is the chain forged by the mind to bind itself to the dead.  True love is shown by the certainty that the object of love is in the Self and it can never be non-existent.  The Maharshi cited the story of Ahalya and Indra from Yoga Vasishta, in this connection.

Still it is true,  that the association with the wise only can assuage pain on such occasions.

(Source: Talks: Munagala Venkatramiah.)

Arunachala Siva.